Western Europe

Unique and Boutique Hotels and Experiences. Less Ordinary Travel in Western Europe by Lifestyle Travel Blog for Independent Travellers. Live Less Ordinary.

Le Zeyer Paris Cafe, Montparnasse Area of Paris, Montparnasse Station

Escape to Montparnasse Paris

Cute side streets. Corner Cafes. Fromageries, Boucheries, Brasseries. The authenticity of Montparnasse area of Paris is what makes it my favourite part of the city. In a convenient location for tourist attractions the area brings a happy mix of local life and affordable tourist accommodation. A short trip on the Paris Metro reaches all major attractions yet the …

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Roman Gladiator. Is Rome Tourist Friendly. Unfriendly Bad Experiences

Unwelcoming, Unfriendly Rome

Arriving from the hospitality of Thailand to the hospitality of Rome is like walking from a massage to the boxing ring. An extreme contrast. This was Fanfan’s first trip to Europe, long in planning, starting with her dream destination Rome. Two days later we leave Rome completely disillusioned. Not the best of experiences… While I …

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Giant fork of Revey, Rear-Ended by a Cyclist at Lake Geneva, and the Giant Fork

Rear-Ended at Lake Geneva

Through the years I’ve had my fair share of road trip screw ups. My car engine once exploded and I had my car scrapped in the middle of the Pyrenees. I once froze the entire windscreen washing system of a rental car when I filled it with normal water during -16’c temperatures in the Czech Republic. …

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